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James Laurinaitis | Linebacker | #53

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 248
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (35) / LAR
Contract: view contract details

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Ex-Rams LB James Laurinaitis is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.
In a statement, Laurinaitis said his body had begun to let him down. That's an agonizing moment for any professional football player. The No. 35 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Laurinaitis started the first 112 games of his career. It was an impressive feat, but like A.J. Hawk before him out of Ohio State, Laurinaitis was asked to do far too much. Coach Jeff Fisher treated Laurinaitis as a much better player than he actually was. More tough than anything else, Laurinaitis hangs up his cleats at the age of 30. Tue, Apr 11, 2017 04:24:00 PM

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Free agent LB James Laurinaitis worked out for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are looking for depth at inside linebacker with Derrick Johnson (Achilles) out for the season. They also worked out Jasper Brinkley, Miles Burris, Jayson DiManche, Nate Irving and Nick Moody. New Orleans waived Laurinaitis with an injury settlement last month.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 11:20:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent LB James Laurinaitis will work out for the Lions on Monday.

Laurinaitis was waived by the Saints with an injury settlement last week. A bigger name than talent, Laurinaitis predictably struggled in six games with New Orleans before getting the boot. Still, the Lions have one of the thinnest linebacker corps in the league. Laurinaitis could offer some veteran depth.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 08:58:00 AM

Saints waived LB James Laurinaitis with an injury settlement.

Laurinaitis hurt his quad in Week 4 practice, and was sent to injured reserve earlier this month. Always overrated during his time in St. Louis, Laurinaitis was a calamity in three appearances for New Orleans. His name recognition figures to earn him another look, but Laurinaitis is not an effective NFL player.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Saints MLB James Laurinaitis (quad, injured reserve) is expected to be released with an injury settlement.

Laurinaitis was placed on I.R. 10 days ago. Laurinaitis was miserably ineffective before getting injured in practice leading up to Week 4.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Saints placed MLB James Laurinaitis (quad) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Laurinaitis had been playing through his quad injury since Week 4. He had a recent setback and will be shut down. Laurinaitis is signed through 2018 and should return despite his declining play. Releasing Laurinaitis would cost $1.2M in dead money.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Saints MLB James Laurinaitis (quad) is active for Week 6 against the Panthers.

He missed the game before the bye and was listed questionable. Inactive for the Saints are DE Paul Kruger, QB Joe Callahan, CB De'Vante Harris, RB/KR Marcus Murphy, WLB Dannell Ellerbe, CB Delvin Breaux, and LT Terron Armstead.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:50:00 AM

Saints MLB James Laurinaitis (quad) is inactive for Week 4.

Laurinaitis suffered a quad injury this week, but he is a surprise inactive after getting in a limited practice Friday. This will be the first missed game of his career. Craig Robertson will likely take over in the middle.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 03:00:00 PM

Newly-signed MLB James Laurinaitis is expected to make the on-field defensive calls for the Saints this season.

Laurinaitis' ability to "quarterback" a defense is a primary reason the Saints signed him. Perhaps a veteran making the calls instead of sophomore Stephone Anthony will help keep New Orleans' undisciplined defense more on task, but Laurinaitis has become a declining liability in the run game. Anthony will switch to the strong side with Laurinaitis occupying the middle.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Saints agreed to terms with LB James Laurinaitis, formerly of the Rams.

Although Laurinaitis put up gaudy "tackle" stats in St. Louis, he's long been one of the most overrated players in the league. He finished 59th among 60 qualified inside linebackers in Pro Football Focus' 2015 grades, and dead last against the run. Still only 29 years old, Laurinaitis would be best viewed as veteran depth in New Orleans. The Saints' linebacker corps is weak enough, however, that Laurinaitis will probably be given a legitimate chance to start.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 09:30:00 PM

Free agent LB James Laurinaitis has scheduled visits with seven teams.

The news was delivered by Laurinaitis' dad, aka Animal from the Road Warriors of WWE fame. Laurinaitis has already visited the Saints, will visit the Falcons early next week, and also has visits scheduled with the Bears, Redskins, Patriots, 49ers and Giants, although beat reporters for the Giants and Redskins have not heard anything about a visit. A durable veteran, Laurinaitis should be able to latch on somewhere soon.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 08:35:00 AM

Free agent MLB James Laurinaitis will visit the Falcons on Monday and Tuesday.

The former Ram met with New Orleans last week. The Falcons need to upgrade on incumbent MLB Paul Worrilow, who is a restricted free agent. Laurinaitis was overpaid and just plain bad last season, but he's still a big name and could benefit from a change of scenery after seven years in St. Louis. The 29-year-old has recorded at least 100 tackles every season since debuting in 2009. He's never missed a game in his career.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Free agent MLB James Laurinaitis' visit to the Saints will take place on Tuesday.

The Saints' reasoning behind interest in Laurinaitis is unclear after they broke in 2015 first-rounder Stephone Anthony at middle linebacker last year. Perhaps Laurinaitis would move to the strong side in Dennis Allen's 4-3 defense, or New Orleans would go back to more 3-4 looks with both Anthony and Laurinaitis inside. As Laurinaitis was released, he can sign quickly if he chooses.
Mon, Feb 29, 2016 05:19:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints hope to bring in free agent MLB James Laurinaitis for a visit next week.

Rapoport reports the interest is strong for Laurinaitis, who was released by the Rams last week. If true, it is unlikely the veteran signs on his first visit. Laurinaitis has not missed a start since being drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2009 draft, but he has been a liability the last several seasons. Unless he is willing to take a cut-rate deal, the cap-strapped Saints should look elsewhere.
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 12:27:00 PM

Rams released MLB James Laurinaitis.

It's a sad but necessary end to Laurinaitis' seven-year tenure with the Rams. The 29-year-old watched his play fall off a cliff in 2015, earning PFF's second-worst inside linebacker grade out of 60 qualifiers. Cutting Laurinaitis saves the Rams almost $6 million in cap space.
Fri, Feb 19, 2016 03:25:00 PM

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